The Element

The Element


Book Summary

The Element

Ken Robinson

23 Feb, 2023


“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it’s too low and we reach it” - Ken Robinson

Key Takeaways

🔵 Finding your passion is the key to leading a fulfilled life.

🔵 Those who go through life without finding their true passion may never reach their potential.

🔵 Discovering what you love opens up space for more opportunities, and you can pursue them with all your heart.

🔵 Doing things you’re passionate about makes everything fall into place, and you will have a more meaningful and satisfying life.

🔵 Never settle for a life that doesn’t inspire you.

🔵 Keep searching and working hard to find your element, and it will make all the difference in the world.

Big Ideas

Be Creative And Original

To be creative, one must have original ideas, be able to think outside the box and come up with new and innovative ideas.

What sets creative people apart from the rest is seeing the world differently and coming up with ideas that no one else has thought of before. This ability to think creatively can help them solve problems in unique ways and come up with original solutions.

You should be able to execute ideas and turn them into something tangible. Creative people often have a passion for their work and are driven to see their projects through to completion. They are also usually good at communicating their ideas and working collaboratively with others.

Love And Desire What You Do

When you love what you do, it’s not just a job—it’s a passion. and when you are passionate about something, it shows in your work. You pour your heart and soul into it, and that passion is evident to everyone around you.

Doing what you love doesn’t just make you happier and more fulfilled; it also makes you a better person. When you’re passionate about something, you’re always learning and growing. You’re constantly striving to improve, and that desire rubs off on those around you.

So if you’re not doing what you love. Why not? Life is too short to spend doing something that doesn’t make your heart sing. Follow your passions and do what you love—you will be happier and more successful.

Fight Back

Everyone has the potential to be great at something. However, too often, people are held back by their limitations or the expectations of others.

You should be able to fight back against these forces and push yourselves to reach your full potential. Find your element, the place where natural talents meet passions. Only when you do what you love will you be delighted and fulfilled. So don't let anyone else hold you back.

Remove Self-Doubt

Self-doubt can be the biggest obstacle to success. It's that little voice inside your head telling you that you're not good enough and that you'll never achieve your goals. But it doesn't have to be this way. You can learn to silence self-doubt and believe in yourself.

You should be able to recognize self-doubt for what it is, challenge your negative thoughts, focus on your strengths and accomplishments. Set realistic goals and celebrate your successes along the way, and surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you. Lastly, practice self-compassion and cut yourself some slack when you make mistakes or fall short of your goals.

Get Out Of Your Rut

In a state of funk? You have those days when you’re feeling stuck in a rut. It's easy to fall into the same routine and forget to mix things up. But breaking out of your comfort zone can be invigorating and help you reach your full potential. So how do you get out of your rut? First, identify what's holding you back. Is it fear of change or lack of motivation? Once you know what's in your way, you can take steps to overcome it.

Next, make a plan to change things up. Whether trying a new hobby or taking a different route to work, small changes can make a big difference. And finally, don't be afraid to ask for help. Talk to friends or family about your goals and get their support as you break out of your rut.

Never Conform

In a world where conformity is the norm, it can be hard to stand out. But non-conformity is a necessary part of innovation and creativity. You must be able to look at the world in new ways, to see things that other people don't see. You can nurture your inner nonconformist by being open to new ideas, being willing to take risks, and being unafraid to be different; embrace your quirks and idiosyncrasies, Question authority, and think for yourself.

How The Element changed me

Reading and assimilating the Element has taught me the importance of discovering my talents and abilities.

It helped me find my purpose and pursue it with all my might. Before reading the Element, I was stuck in a job that I didn’t love and was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. After reading this book, I decided to take the bull by the horns and make a change.

Who is The Element for?

This book is for anyone not living up to their potential, who feels stuck in a rut, and who is looking for an escape.

If you haven’t yet discovered your path in life or fit into any of the above categories, this book is for you. Ken Robinson’s The Element will challenge you to think differently about your talents and abilities and inspire you to find your path to success.

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About Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson is an advisor, speaker, and author of The Element. As an internationally recognized leader in developing creativity, innovation, and human resources, He advocates for reform in education and changes in how children are taught in schools.


Isak Vidinghoff is a Strategic Life Coach and Content Creator. He communicates personal development strategies to help people find purpose and meaning to live their fullest potential in life.

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